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Spotlight Interview

Guest Contributor:

Denise L. Passero, AAS, BPS, MA

Certified Aromatherapist

Young Living Essential Oil Distributor


In the interest of full disclosure and full transparency, I am running a business surrounding essential oils, supplements, and other wellness and lifestyle products. I am a network marketer and I have partnered with Young Living to promote the use of these products, with the hope to also improve people’s financial well-being.

I believe that one of the sources of mental distress is related to finances or the lack thereof. I started my business because I wanted to pursue natural wellness for my family, but also take control of my own financial well-being. I know there may be other black men and women who think like I did – that financial well-being is only for white people. Well, I do not believe that any longer and nothing would please me more than to empower the black community to take control of their own financial well-being. I would love to see black mamas and daddy’s have the freedom to be able to spend more time with their kids, help them with school, and stop the cycle of poverty. I know financial struggles can lead to depression, anxiety, and feelings of defeat.

I am promoting myself as a businesswoman and I am looking for people to lock arms with, in the wellness business. If this does not bother you, then I hope my responses in my spotlight interview will be helpful.

Personal Thoughts

Mental wellness is for everyone. Practitioners also need support as they assist others. Aromatherapy can help practitioners to maintain emotional equilibrium as they listen to the struggles of others. Diffusing essential oils during a session may help clients to relax, calm down, and open up and share things they might not otherwise share. It may help them to be more receptive to advice and more inclined to listen. It may also protect the practitioner from negative emotions. So, I try to look at mental wellness from both sides of the proverbial couch.